Sigma 50mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens Officially Announced

Sigma has officially announced the 50mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens for Sony E and L-mounts full frame mirrorless cameras. The US price is $1,399 and it will start shipping on April 18th, 2024.

Pre-order links:

Sigma 50mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens (Sony E): $1,399 at B&H, Adorama.

Sigma 50mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens (Leica L): $1,399 at B&H, Adorama.

Sigma 50mm F1.2 DG DN | ART specifications:

  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 12groups (4 aspherical elements)
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 13 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Minimum aperture: F16
  • Minimum focusing distance: 40cm
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:6.2
  • Filter size: 72mm
  • Dimensions (max diameter x length): 81.0mm x 108.8mm
  • Weight: 745g

The Sigma 50mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens emerges as a compelling option for photographers seeking versatility without sacrificing performance. Weighing in at 745g (26.3oz), Sigma proudly boasts it as the lightest lens of its kind, though within the context of its category. Its 109mm (4.3″) length places it almost imperceptibly longer than its counterparts among major manufacturers, underscoring its commitment to compactness.

Primed for diverse photographic applications, this lens finds its stride in the realm of portraiture, low-light landscapes, and travel photography, thanks to its ability to deliver captivating bokeh and exceptional performance in challenging lighting conditions.

Despite its “lightweight” designation, the Sigma 50mm f/1.2 DG DN | ART maintains substantial heft, albeit 30% lighter than its sibling, the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN | ART. Its optical prowess shines through an intricate architecture comprising 17 elements arranged in 12 groups, including four aspherical elements. This sophisticated arrangement effectively mitigates aberrations, ensuring edge-to-edge sharpness and rendering exquisite bokeh, facilitated by a 13-blade diaphragm mechanism.

Driving its autofocus capabilities are dual HLA (High-response Linear Actuator) AF motors, which propel a dedicated floating focus group, optimizing performance at short distances. Operating with remarkable speed and near-silence, the autofocus system exhibits minimal focus breathing, catering to both still photography and videography requirements.

Adding to its appeal is a tactile aperture ring, offering tactile control and the option to lock settings securely. The lens further grants the flexibility of click/declick aperture adjustments, catering to varying shooting demands. With the AFL button customizable to suit individual preferences and a robust, weather-sealed construction bolstered by a water-repellent coating on the front element, the Sigma 50mm f/1.2 DG DN | ART stands poised as a formidable tool for discerning photographers navigating diverse shooting environments.